Squirly is back

This time Squirly helped hisself into enlarging one of my gourd birdhouses.

I made these a few years ago and had a great time painting them.

The hole is huge and I am sure he was trying to make it so he could fit in there. Maybe he just wanted a napping place. I expect at any time he will have a rubber stamp and start stamping everything with “Squirly was here”.

Wildlife can always put a smile on your face just stop and take notice what wildlife is in your own backyard.

Discovery +

Discovery + came online January 4th.

For streaming tv it’s great and there are so many channels to choose from. You have two options with commercials or without we went without commercials.

Since we stream tv and have for many years I was waiting for this one to launch. We have several programs we pay for but they are all cheap but I might be able to drop one or two of them.

They are doing free trials so check it out.

https://www.discoveryplus.com

Eastern Bluebirds

The Eastern Bluebirds nest about 3 times a year but some of them keep coming back to this same nest in the orange birdhouse.

This bird house needs to be repainted but I have to catch it without birds in it or without birds trying to nest.

I found a great deal for our grandson Andrew some wood scraps for making birdhouses. He loves to build stuff and never has enough wood. Someone had 200 pieces of picket fence cut offs 10″ long by 5″ wide for $10.00 I gave them $20.00 because I felt like it was worth it.

We delivered the wood to him yesterday and all the siblings helped unload. I ordered 4 birdhouses 1 for each of them to paint bright colors for me. We will see when Andrew gets these built but hopefully this weekend.

Providing homes for our feather friends is something I truly enjoy.

Weenie Dog Puppies

Little Lady was so big I honestly thought she had 5 pups in there. Last Tuesday she finally had 3 pups.

Two of them are quite rare the black one is a full piebald tuxedo this one is a female. The multicolored brown is a shaded red OR a chocolate-based red it is a male it depends on the nose color and that changes a bit. The brown is a solid chocolate female.

They weighed .85, .80 and .65 on day 6 Monday morning. Not even 1 pound yet lol.

They are AKC registered miniature long haired Dachshunds.

These pictures were taken on Sunday I was using a metal bed Jack had made me to use in newborn pictures and a wooden barbie doll bed my dad had made.

The joy of fuzzy little puppies make everyone happy.

Cricket is 10 months old

Cricket is 10 months old and still growing.

I have not had a chance to get her weighed people seem intimidated by her so I ordered a $50.00 muzzle so I can take her to PetSmart and weigh her. This should make people feel safer but honestly, she is on alert at home but does not seem bothered in public. My guess is somewhere between 130#s and 140#s she is eating about 7 cups dry plus a few tablespoons of canned.

The first pic is her sitting for her treat, the second pic Jack was showing her size by having her walking next to him. In the third pic after being let out of the pen she was headed straight for me talk about intimidation. The last pic is showing off her big head.

I love photographing pets and trying to capture their personality.

Hello 2021

I think we are all ready to put 2020 behind us.

Wow-what a year it has been so much stuff has happened and then COVID stops us all in our tracks.
We became hermits staying home and not ever getting to roam around in public or go shopping. We all felt so restricted but at least we have plenty of facemasks and we are some of the ones being safe.

I think most of us know how to wash our hands and disinfect things. I hope most of us stayed home and did the right thing.

Surgeries were canceled, vacations were canceled, retirement trips were canceled all to stay home and stay safe. Picnics and family gatherings were canceled holidays were changed like never before.

I think most of us are grateful to see their is a vaccine and will graciously wait our turn to get it.

The first 2021 DIY project is a potting bench I am always potting plants or repotting plants so this will be a good thing and I can keep stuff better organized.

Here are a few pics of some ideas I like I need one with a back on it I love the idea of the door as a back but want a wider one than the one pictured so I might turn a door sideways instead of tall. I actually won a stainless steel sink at auction for my potting bench.

Once we get started I will post some pics of whatever design we come up with.

Happy New Year everyone have a safe and Happy Day and please know 2021 will certainly be a better year than 2020 was.

Squirly

Squirly was in and out of the large birdhouse box we had fixed for the black-bellied whistling ducks. They never used it but I have seen squirrels in and out of it several times.

He was on the roof top deck getting a little sun.

There is nothing better than wildlife right in your own backyard posing for pictures.

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas.

If you are traveling please stay safe wear your mask when in public or in groups of people you are not around on a daily basis.

If you can have your get togethers outdoors do so if not turn the heat down to limit the spread indoors. The reason hospitals keep it so cold is to keep germs from spreading you can do the same indoors.

Get tested 5 – 7 days after being around this group of people this lowers the chances of COVID spreading even more. You are not just around a new group of people you are around everyone they have been around.

If you want to stay safe and keep others safe limit your exposure to people until you get test results back. There is a 15-minute rapid result test if you are really worried about exposure. There are even drive-thru testing sites.

Our family split up celebrations this year yesterday we had lunch with my mother n law and we had a picnic outdoors with seafood which we picked up. She will be around a large group today and will be getting tested next Friday 7 days after being around the large group.

Since our son and his family will be around a large group today they will not see my mother n law or us until after our testing next Friday. It is better to do it this way than take a chance of someone getting covid.

If everyone would do their part we can get through this much quicker.

Enjoy your holiday and stay safe.

Painted tree trunk

This painted tree trunk is in the secret garden it is a hackberry tree they have smoother trunks with no chunky bark.

One day I decided to paint the trunk with acrylic paints this has been a few years ago and it has not really faded much. For me, it was about using the tree trunk as a canvas for a spot of color in the secret garden. This is not the entire tree but it is a section that is about four feet tall and as wide as the tree.

There is an artist who does blue trees that have been done in Houston before but he uses blue pigment instead of paint and only uses one color.

My husband is not a fan of the hackberry trees they fall in line with the tala trees and are known as a junk tree in Texas. He would cut them all down. I like the smooth trunk of these trees. All of ours are planted by the birds on the fence lines.

I am a tree lover and I know how many years it took us to have large trees on our treeless property which was once my father n laws hay field.

The hackberry tree makes a fruit that is loved by winter birds like the cedar waxwings, mockingbirds and robins. These tree also attract several kinds of butterflies.

When I look at a new property it is always the heavily wooded pieces of property that draw my attention. The kind with trails through it where you can get lost in nature and explore the beauty that is all around you.

I think we all need trees in our lives they shelter us from the harsh sun and provide nature a place to hide and build their homes. Trees filter the air we breathe and provide an umbrella in the rain.

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